Southern Railway officials led by commissioner of railway safety (CRS) Abhai Kumar Rai carried out a statutory safety inspection on the 43km-long newly-electrified railway section between Podanur and Pollachi Junction on Monday, The commissioner checked electrical, engineering and signalling works on the section. A high-speed trial run, with a special train formation, was held from Pollachi to Podanur railway station. The special train was hauled by an electric locomotive. An observation car with modern equipment, to observe and record various aspects of the electrification works, was part of the special train formation.While railway had allocated Rs 159 crore for the Dindigul - Pollachi – Palakkad electrification work, Rs 31 crore was spent on Podanur section.
Since the section falls between Salem and
Unless Podanur to Madurai comes under Madurai division, no useful trains can be expected in this route. Each division will fight and public will travel by buses.
A trial run of an AC electric locomotive was successfully conducted at the 41-km newly electrified Pollachi-Podanur junctions on Wednesday. The trial was held to check the efficacy of the overhead electric (OHE) traction distribution system. As the system was energised with 25,000 volts, public and staff were requested to follow safety precautions, a press release from the railways said.
Podanur Pollachi 45 kms line falls in 3 divisions of SR (Podanur in Salem divn, Kinathukadavu to Pollachi in PGT Divn and beyond Pollachi in Madurai divn). So, one cannot expect any good train in CBE MDU line.
True, until now no good service wither way via CBE,-Pollachi or PGT-Pollachi.
Earlier MG lines had more trains than today. Morning Madurai ICE and passenger from CBE and PGT. Evening/ night, we had PGT RMM passenger and CBE RMM express. There were connecting trains to PGT/CBE trains from CBE/ PGT for a seamless travel at Pollachi. Now hardly any train!!
One of the more wasteful projects of IR where utilisation is at its lowest